Valenti from the 1970 Beaver
|Born||September 10, 1920|
San Francisco, California
|Died||September 13, 2014 (aged 94)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1946–1964||Oregon State (asst.)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|UPI West Coast Coach of the Year (1966)|
The son of Italian immigrants from Mill Valley, California, Valenti played basketball for coach Slats Gill at Oregon State from 1939 to 1942. After a stint in the United States Navy during World War II, Valenti returned to Corvallis in 1946 as an assistant to Gill, and served in that position for 18 years. Valenti got his first taste of head coaching during the 1959–60 season as he served as interim head coach of the Beavers when Gill fell ill.
Valenti followed his mentor as head coach in 1964. He had his best season in 1965–66, leading the Beavers to the AAWU (now the Pac-12 Conference) title and a berth in the 1966 NCAA Tournament, after being picked to finish last in the league. His 1965-66 unit was the only team other than UCLA to win an AAWU/Pac-8/Pac-10 title between 1963–64 and 1978-79.
In his six full seasons as head coach, Valenti compiled a 91–82 record. Valenti is a member of the Oregon State Athletic Hall of Fame and the Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Hall of Honor. He died aged 94 on September 13, 2014.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Oregon State (Independent) (1959–1960)|
|Oregon State (AAWU / Pacific–8) (1964–1970)|
|1965–66||Oregon State||21–7||12–2||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|Oregon State:||91–82 (.526)||47–40 (.540)|
Postseason invitational champion
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- "Slats Gill is Getting Better". Port Angeles Evening News. 8 February 1960. p. 1. Retrieved September 24, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.
- Eggers, Kerry. "No one can replace 'true Beaver' Paul Valenti". Portland Tribune. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
- "Paul B. Valenti Obituary". McHenry Funeral Home. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
- "2013-14 Oregon State Beavers Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Oregon State Beavers. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 13, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2014.